Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket team have embarked on a Caribbean trip to play ODI and T20 series against the home team and with the return of the flamboyant all-rounder, Shahid Khan Afridi many pundits believe that the men-in-green would put up a decent show against the reigning World T20 champions, however former captain Rashid Latif thinks otherwise and fears that the return would only be beneficial for the all-rounder [Afridi] rather than for the Pakistan team. “Good for him [Afridi] that he was back in the team, but it will only benefit him, not the team, I am afraid”, said Rashid Latif in a statement issued from his Cricket academy, RLCA.
On a question, the former glove-man lambasted the selection committee and management for picking up batsman Umar Akmal as a first choice Wicket-keeper, saying that it showed the negative approach of the authorities.
“Choice of Umar Akmal as wicket-keeper is a question mark on management’s mindset. We have other keepers yet promoting Akmal is just indigestible for me”, added Latif, who himself was one of the best wicket-keepers of his time.
“Even Kamran Akmal would not have been a bad choice. Since last few years he was mediocre behind the wickets but was kept in the side, now when he showed immense improvement, he was dropped, this philosophy is out of my mind at least”, added Latif
“Kamran Akmal’s batting performance is below par, but he has always scored at the top. Lately as a wicket-keeper I found him better than ever.” said Latif
On Pakistan’s chances in the West Indies, Rashid Latif said that the home side had been playing well lately, and to counter them, Pakistan have to perform exceedingly well. “West Indies have been playing well and it wouldn’t be easy for Pakistan, but my worry is that if Pakistan lose, then constituting a new team would be an uphill task for the management”, concludes Rashid Latif